updated 10/26/2009 9:38:29 AM ET 2009-10-26T13:38:29

Enjoy perks like a haunted-hotel tour and tickets to Asheville's Biltmore Estate while exploring the state's scenic towns, back roads, and national parks.

Charlotte, from $59 per room per night
The Greenleafe Inn is offering special midweek ratesthrough the end of the year, starting at $59 per room — a savings of about 20 percent — including a continental breakfast. The 67-room hotel is about 10 miles from Lowe's Motor Speedway, where NASCAR events are held. The hotel also works with 15 public golf courses in the area and will create a package for youthat includes reduced greens and cart fees. When: Through Dec. 31. Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $54 per night. Based on Sunday through Wednesday stays; rates for other nights will be higher. Contact: 704-319-1900.

Chapel Hill, from $99 per room per night
The Halloween Night With Dr. Jacocks package at the Carolina Inn includes accommodations; a dinner and a presentation by Jim Hall of Haunted North Carolina; a tour of the haunted parts of the Carolina Inn, including the suite of Dr. Jacocks, a former resident who reportedly still hangs around; and breakfast. The inn has been called one of America's top haunted hotels and is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The inn offers several other packages, including some over Christmas. When: Oct. 31. Details: Does not include taxes of 14 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Contact: 919-933-2001.

Pineville, from $110 per room per night
The Shop 'Til You Drop package at the Four Points by Sheraton Charlotte–Pineville includes accommodations and one $50 Macy's gift card. The hotel is about a mile from Carolina Place mall. Pineville is a suburb of Charlotte and is about 20 minutes south of the city center by car. When: Through Dec. 31. Details: Does not include taxes of 17 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code J10. Contact: 866-716-8105.

Blowing Rock, from $139 per room per night
The Christmas Tree Package at the Hemlock Inn includes accommodations and the opportunity to cut your own tree at nearby Circle C Farms. Trees can be up to seven feet tall and are valued at $56. The farm also offers free hayrides with hot chocolate. Blowing Rock is a charming small town in the northwestern part of the state, near the Tennessee border and two national forests. When: Nov. 20–Dec. 13. Details: Does not include taxes of 14 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Add from $20 for a two-room suite. Contact: 828-295-7987.

Asheville, from $287 per room per night
The Ultimate Asheville Escape package at the SpringHill Suites Asheville includes accommodations in a studio suite; breakfast daily; two 2-day tickets to the Biltmore Estate (a $200 value), plus a guidebook and a $25 gift card to the estate's store; two Chimney Rock Park tickets; admission for two to the North Carolina Arboretum; an in-room couples massage; one bottle of Biltmore sparkling grape juice; and a $25 prepaid gas card. Rates start at $287 per room per night, or $574 for the required two-night stay — but note that the package's inclusions are worth about $350. When: Through Nov. 17. Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Use promo code ES8. Requires a two-night stay. Contact: 828-253-4666.

There are many more packages and deals available at North Carolina's official tourism site, visitnc.com. Visitnc.com also has a list of unique ways to explore North Carolina's fall foliage, including bike tours and balloon rides. The foliage is just now peaking throughout much of North Carolina; see this Fall Color Forecaster Mapfor more-specific data.

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